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Another sipdown! (389/379)

Sharing a pot of this with my wife, mine has sugar and hers doesn’t. It smells earthy and fishy like a puerh, and definitely tastes like a puerh, but it’s supposed to be black. I dunno….it’s very dark, even after a short steep and it just smells heavy, you know what I mean? I don’t smell a lot of chocolate or mint.

It tastes bitter to me, and definitely like a puerh with an aftertaste of chocolate and mint. Like a bitter cup of tea with an Andes mint melted in it. You can kind of taste it but not really.

Meh. Buh-bye, Chocolate Mint.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Another sipdown! I’m on a roll! (390/380)

I’ve had one of those days where I’m craving one thing, so I eat way too much of it, and then I’m craving something else, so I do the same thing over and over again.

Ugh. So I went in search of an oolong or puerh to help with the stomach ache brought on by my own stupidity. So this is a sipdown and a helper, all in one.

I’m sad to see this one go. I really enjoy the berry and the puerh rounds it out for me. But the more I sip, the more room I make for other teas.


I will probably get more of this soon.

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I don’t know how I feel about the name of this one. My aunt won a car on the Price is Right…but that same aunt also sent me bible verses when I invited her to my lesbian wedding. And don’t get me started on Bob Barker. Ass.

…okay, so I don’t like the name, apparently.

We hadn’t intended to purchase any, but when I tried it as the tea of the day I really liked it. So fast forward, we came home with 50 grams of this beauty.

It smells so, so good. I love the spicy cinnamon-ness of it. The sip isn’t quite as strong as I would like it to be, but then the cinnamon stays on the tongue and it is lovely.

I don’t get much of anything beyond spicy cinnamon and just a touch of orange. But that is more than okay with me!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown! 391/381 Good bye, sunshine. It was okay while it lasted, but I’m not sorry to see you go.

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Jebus, this tea is such a gorgeous color. If I don’t like the flavor, I’ll have no trouble using it up to color rice and for my wife to dye yarn.

And thank god for that. Cold isn’t doing this tea any favors. It tastes musty. I get the sugar snap peas comparison…maybe I need to rinse it more than once.

The fact that I bought this on Etsy for $20 CAD (including shipping) for 40 grams blows my mind. What was I thinking? I wish I could have bought a smaller bag, but that wasn’t an option. When it arrived, it was packaged in a manilla envelope and a fair number of flowers had been crushed to bits. The flavor is faint and far overshadowed by the mustiness of the tea. It tastes like a mug full of dusty old snap peas.

I am far from happy with this tea, but at least the color is pretty?


Awww, I hate buyers remorse. Hope it works well as a dye for you.

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In an effort to use up the coconut milk I opened yesterday, the wife and I are having matcha lattes this morning. I opted for Strawberry matcha because if the coconut comes through, it will taste like a Miami Vice, which I lived for on the cruise last year. If not, it will be a creamy strawberry delight. Win win. I added vanilla agave and cold water and used my milk frother to blend it all together.

No Miami Vice, but a very yummy vanilla strawberry blend. I really adore this matcha, I’m glad I pulled it out.

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drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1196 tasting notes

I was opening a can of coconut milk to make a latte for my wife with Perfect Carlos, so I decided to make a latte as well. When I think latte, I think chai, so I grabbed for this tea and got the double whammy of a sipdown!

So this is…okay. The chai is overpowered by the coconut milk, which is sad. I may have messed this up, but I won’t be buying more to try and figure it out.

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I’m not sure how I feel about this. I will add my voice to the others in saying that the blue of this tea is absolutely gorgeous. Think TARDIS blue.

I always sweeten my teas, and the back of the package says it goes well with honey, so I added honey instead of my usual sugar. I will not be doing this again. The honey makes it…I don’t know, it brings out the tang and the…funkiness of the tea. I’m not sure how to describe it. It’s very vegetal, and the honey makes it taste almost sour. Not lip-puckering sour, but kinda like milk gone off.

It’s not awful, but I need to try this without honey before I rate it.

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Now this is what I call a sipdown. I’m almost sad to see it go, but not quite. I’m more excited to make more room in my cupboard!

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

Feel free to find me on twitter, my username is ladykittykat!


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